Absa Premiership

Muhsin announced as Menzo successor

2017-12-21 16:29
Muhsin Ertugral (Gallo)

Cape Town - Muhsin Ertugral has returned to Ajax Cape Town for his fourth stint as head coach, replacing Stanley Menzo at the struggling Absa Premiership outfit.

Ertugral inherits a young talented side, short of confidence and currently in 15th place in the league at the halfway mark. With only 13 points from 14 games, they sit two points above Champions Bidvest Wits who surprisingly occupy 16th.

Urban Warriors CEO Ari Efstathiou said emotions and history were set aside to agree to the swift appointment - as Ertugral is the best possible candidate to take the club forward again.

"We are delighted to have secured Muhsin’s signature once again. Muhsin is no stranger to the club and clearly understands our philosophy of playing attacking and attractive winning football," Efstathiou told the club's official website.

"He is also very knowledgeable in promoting our youth players from our academy which is critical to the club’s future. We would like to welcome him back."

Ertugral himself, who last coached Orlando Pirates before leaving South Africa nearly 24 months ago, says he's ready to tweak the side and not make fundamental overhauls as he understands he's working with talented players groomed through the club's esteemed academy.

"Ari and I had a long chat regarding the possibility of my engagement as the Head Coach where he outlined the plans for the future and also the restructuring that has taken place since my last stint here," Ertugral said.

"I have watched the team recently and believe that with one or two additions in critical positions, we will be able to find ourselves in a more respectable position on the log standings.

"There are many talented players in the team and I believe with the right guidance, I will be able to get the best out of them."

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